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I have a LEARNING DISABILITY.....
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- My 19 year old brother has Asperger's Syndrome. He is
currently a senior, with a GPA of 2.80,and an ACT score of 17. He is
mainstreamed in high school. He is very intelligent and I believe he
can handle college life if the class size is small. I am worried
about his low ACT score. Are there schools in IL that do not have
strict ACT requirements for admission? (courtesy Karina Carani,
- Although Asperger's is a complex and serious syndrome, many students
with this diagnosis (AS) can definitely handle the intellectual
demands of college life as long as someone helps them manage and
organize the social and organizational side of daily living.
I have worked as a private consultant to identify schools for many
students who have nonverbal learning disabilities and AS, and have
seen such students graduate from college and even go on to graduate
programs. The secret is to find a school which has a supportive and
comprehensive LD resource program so that your brother can have a
place which will provide help for all his concerns, not only
Without knowing your brother, it is difficult to know what type of
environment would be best for him, but in IL, you should look into:
- Barat College in Lake Forest
- Roosevelt University in Chicago
- University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh & Whitewater branches.
Although all of these schools do require standardized test scores,
these scores will not be the primary indicators by which your
brother's candidacy for acceptance is considered.
In order for your brother to make a successful transition to
college, you are going to have to do a lot of work with residence
hall supervisors, dining hall people, counseling center staff - both
academic and personal, and even other campus support staffers, such
as the chaplain, the head of a specific club or group which
interests your brother, and perhaps even some outreach organizations
which might try to help your brother deal with the overall college
Everyone with AS is different. Make sure that you know your
brother's needs and that you are well equipped to advocate for him
before you help him choose the school he will attend. If this is too
overwhelming for you, you should seek the assistance of an
educational consultant experienced in working with students with LD.
Many students with Asperger's Syndrome are capable of managing the
cognitive demands of higher education as long as they have support
in managing the complex demands of the rest of life.
EDUFAX provides services for the Learning Disabled Student.
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